The Shire Hall is a multi-functional building used for community hires such as parties, wedding receptions and fund-raising events. It is also used as an arts centre with live music, theatre, comedy and cinema.

Fundraiser - New Doors & Access Ramp

raised of £180,000 target

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Howden Shire Hall Trust is a registered charity (no. 224206) and as such relies on the kind support of its patrons. If you'd like to add a small donation to your ticket price please add this by selecting one of the amounts below. Many thanks for your support!

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We Need Your Help

For the past 150 years, The Shire Hall has stood proudly at the centre of Howden’s social and commercial life.

The Grade 2 listed building ,with its massive dutch gable roof , was opened in 1873 as a covered market, and in the ensuing years it has undergone many incarnations, serving time as a theatre, roller-skating rink, concert hall and cinema.

The hall today is at the heart of the town, hosting many events such as classes, craft markets, a regular cafe, weddings, christenings and parties, music gigs, dance shows, theatre and pantomime and cinema nights.

The Shire Hall trust have worked tirelessly to maintain the fabric of the building over the past decades.

Extensive work has been undertaken on the building walls, the roof, the heating system and low energy stage lighting - to deliver a venue that is safe, warm and fit for purpose as a modern multi-functional space inside a listed building of architectural and historic importance.

Having ensured the fabric of the building is secured, we now want to move onto transform the frontage of the Hall, creating a brand new modern facade that is contemporary in design whist respectful of the buildings heritage.

The scheme is much more than a simple facelift, The existing archways will be opened up with double glazed doors to fill the foyer with daylight, while retaining expensive heat in the building and improving security.

Access will be improved for all users with a ramped footpath, with handrails, on either side of the entrance and  the addition of a low pediment wall with seating and planters will make the building feel warm and welcoming to all.   

To deliver this project we need your help


Your Donation

This project will massively enhance the look of the Market Place making the Shire Hall somewhere that the town can be proud of and continue to be the beating heart of Howden for generations to come.
We fully understand that, in the current economic climate, we are trying to raise a huge amount of money.
As you will have guessed we are pulling out every stop to attract funding from charities, foundations, local businesses and the government to complete this project, but your individual donations, big or small, are just as important to the success of this project!  
There are a number of ways you can donate, just hit the ‘Donate Now’ button at the top of this page, through our Just Giving page, or just drop by at the office,
If you want to know more, or if you have any fundraising ideas of your own, then give us a call or drop in to see us - and in the meantime please share this post to help us get the message out!
Thanks for your support!!